Aspiring young engineers, gear up! This blog is your ultimate guide to demystifying the JEE Mains & Advanced papers, the gateway to prestigious engineering colleges in India. Let’s break down the exam structure, requirements, and tips to help you crack these exams with confidence!

Exam Overview:

  • JEE Mains: Your first hurdle, held twice a year. Scores unlock doors to NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs.
  • JEE Advanced: The ultimate test, held once a year. Top scorers secure seats in coveted IITs and IISc Bangalore.


  • 75% aggregate marks in Class XII or be currently appearing in Class XII.
  • Three attempts for JEE Mains, two exams per year.
  • Only two Advanced attempts allowed after qualifying Mains.

The Competition:

  • Approx. 10-12 lakh students battle it out in JEE Mains.
  • Only 2.5 lakh top performers qualify for Advanced.
  • 23 IITs await the brightest minds in India.

Who Gets Selected?

  • IITs & above colleges: Step-wise selection based on 12th marks, JEE Main & Advanced scores, and All India Rank.

Exam Pattern:

JEE Mains:

  • Easier level compared to Advanced.
  • Three sections: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics.
  • 75 questions (60 MCQs + 15 numerical answer type).
  • 3 hours duration.
  • Bilingual (Hindi & English).

JEE Advanced:

  • Higher difficulty level with additional topics.
  • Two papers (3 hours each) with a 2-hour break.
  • 54 questions per paper (18 from each subject).
  • Multiple question types: MCQs, MSQs (multiple select), numerical answer.
  • English & Hindi only.

Scoring System:

JEE Mains:

  • +4 for correct MCQs, -1 for wrong.
  • +1 to +3 for numerical answer questions depending on accuracy.
  • Maximum marks: 300.

JEE Advanced:

  • +3 for correct MCQs, -1 for wrong.
  • +4 for fully correct MSQs, +3 for partially correct, +1 to +2 based on selected options.
  • +6 for fully correct numerical answer questions.
  • Maximum marks: 360 per paper.

Preparation Tips:

  • Master the NCERT syllabus for both exams.
  • Practice previous years’ papers to understand question styles and difficulty levels.
  • Take mock tests and manage time effectively.
  • Focus on concept clarity, not just rote memorization.
  • Identify your strengths & weaknesses and work on improvement.
  • Stay calm, strategize, and eliminate wrong answer choices.


  • NCERT Textbooks: Your foundation stone.
  • Coaching Institutes: Structured guidance and practice material.
  • Online Resources: Mock tests, video lectures, and forums.
  • Reference Books: Supplement learning for specific topics.

Remember: Cracking JEE requires dedication, smart work, and the right approach. Use this blog as your starting point, and with consistent effort, you’ll demystify the papers and achieve your engineering dreams!